9 methods COVID switched colleges in 2021 –
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9 ways COVID switched schools in 2021
Contributed by Anne Davis
While many classrooms around the world will remain closed in 2020, some schools actually opened this fall despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you would expect, these classrooms don’t look the same. In order to safely reopen the K-12 school buildings, school administrators had to work closely with district, federal, and even global organizations like the CDC to find ways to keep everyone entering the school as safe as possible . While this is not an ideal circumstance to have to navigate (and also not be safe) some schools may have no choice but to open due to local laws, guidelines, and statutes. For these schools and classrooms, things are obviously different. Here are 9 ways COVID has changed the average classroom – and will continue to do so until a vaccine is achieved and sufficiently distributed to stop its spread in the community.
The drop off line
The submission to the school looks a little different this year. Instead of parents getting out to help their children out of the car, the child is expected to do everything on their own. Staff wait on the sidewalk to lead students into the classroom. When children go to school, parents cannot take them to their classrooms. Rather, let them go on the corner.
Masks and face shields are a common sight in classrooms. Many of the younger students are not forced to wear a mask all day, but most wear face shields in class. When these younger students leave the room they usually have to wear a mask. Older students are required to wear a mask in special courses such as art, music, sports, etc.
The classrooms won’t look so crowded this year. Most schools have smaller class loads so it’s “easier” to weed out students. The desks are at least two meters apart and often all face in the same direction. The learning stations are modified so that the students can sit further apart. Some schools put physical barriers such as sneeze guards between desks. There are disinfectant wipes, soap and tissues everywhere in the classroom.
The use of shared objects in a class is not allowed in most classrooms during COVID. Objects that are difficult to clean must not be shared. Each child should have their own supplies individually labeled. There should be enough supplies so that students do not share them. This means that each student should have their own painting supplies, notebooks, colored pencils, etc. He should never share electronic devices, books, or other study aids.
Many schools try their best to have better ventilation. Some schools also installed high quality filters and HVAC systems. Others just try to open the windows and doors more. In addition to properly wearing an effective mask and staying 10 to 12 feet away, some of the most effective ways to keep students safe from COVID in a classroom are ventilation and filtration.
There will be no meeting in the hallways or after lunch this year. Educators are calling for social distancing from everyone in the building. Even standing in line in the cafeteria means standing three feet apart. Instead of high fives and hugs, students wave hello and hug. Instead of playing crowded games in sports, students do exercises or walk (at least) 6 ‘apart (10’ or more is better).
Some classrooms move online. Instead of going to an actual classroom, some schools choose to hold virtual classes. This also happens in many schools when a classroom or an entire school needs to be quarantined. Students register in different classrooms where a teacher teaches them virtually as if they were in the physical classroom.
Before anyone enters a school building, they must monitor their symptoms. If anyone in the household has symptoms of a cold, they must fill out a form. Many schools even measure the temperature of students when they enter the building. Stopping the virus from spreading begins at home, so everyone in the home is expected to follow these guidelines.
Better COVID tests
Many parents know that multiple coronavirus tests will be required this year, especially since a cold isn’t just a common cold until you get a negative COVID test result. This is why home testing kits are now available. The Everlywell COVID test kit is one of those tests that you can do from the comfort of your home. They collect your sample and ship it for safe digital results. You will receive these results back to you within 24 to 48 hours (once the laboratory receives your sample). COVID tests are getting easier for parents and students alike. Instead of waiting in line to get tested, many choose to have the tests done at home.
Classrooms across the country will look different for now. Only time can tell when a traditional school day will be back to normal. (We hope the 2021-2022 school year will be as normal as possible.) The pandemic has changed the way the world deals with education. Classrooms may be smaller with extreme redevelopment efforts, but the knowledge and power given to students to see the future are more critical today than ever before.
For schools in districts where there is no choice but to open, COVID safety strategies are a must.